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How will the rise of robots impact HR?

An engineer at IBM once told me that the future of information technology could be summed up in a few key terms: mobility, cloud computing, the …

If Your Boss Thinks You’re Awesome, You Will Become More Awesome

If your boss thinks you’re awesome, will that make you more awesome? This question came to us recently, when we were working with the top three levels of management in a multinational. When asked to rate their direct reports on 360 evaluations, some managers consistently rated everyone higher, and …

Psychology

7 Things Leaders Do to Help People Change

Ever tried to change anyone’s behavior at work? It can be extremely frustrating. So often the effort produces an opposite result: rupturing the relationship, diminishing job performance, or causing the person to dig in their heels. Still, some approaches clearly work better than others.<p>We reviewed …

Management

Zappos: A Workplace Where No One And Everyone Is The Boss

Jacqui Gonzalez once spent an hour and a half on the phone helping a customer. The Zappos.com employee enjoys being generous with the online shoe retailer's money, sending gift baskets and thank-you cards to people whose complaints she has solved.<p>And mostly, she's grateful that she doesn't have a …

Creating Agility within Your Organization

In today’s fast-paced business environment, the ability to be alert and flexible is a necessity for any company looking to stay a step ahead of the …

Project Management

The Unexpected Influence of Stories Told at Work

Growing up on a Missouri farm, Walt Disney developed a love for drawing after his neighbor, a retired doctor known as “Doc” Sherwood, paid him to draw pictures of his horse. Disney later became a newspaper cartoonist and commercial artist, where he learned how to make commercials from cutout …

Howard Schultz

Can The 21st Century Corporation Operate Without Agile?

“The world,” writes Alan Murray in Fortune announcing an interesting article by Geoff Colvin, “is in the midst of a new industrial revolution.” The “frictionless corporation” of the 21st Century is “driven by technology that is connecting everyone and everything, everywhere and all the time, in a …

Innovation

In the Age of Loneliness, Connections at Work Matter

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Loneliness is a feeling we’d all like to avoid. Research shows it’s terrible for our health; it diminishes cognitive performance and the immune system, increases the risk of heart disease and dementia and hastens early death. And the psychological effects are just as bad; studies show that …

Immune System

Proof That Positive Work Cultures Are More Productive

Too many companies bet on having a cut-throat, high-pressure, take-no-prisoners culture to drive their financial success.<p>But a large and growing body of research on positive organizational psychology demonstrates that not only is a cut-throat environment harmful to productivity over time, but that …

Employee Engagement

In big move, Accenture will get rid of annual performance reviews and rankings

As of September, one of the largest companies in the world will do all of its employees and managers an enormous favor: It will get rid of the annual performance review.<p>Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme told The Washington Post that the professional services firm, which employs hundreds of thousands of …

Employment

Reinventing Performance Management

At Deloitte we’re redesigning our performance management system. This may not surprise you. Like many other companies, we realize that our current process for evaluating the work of our people—and then training them, promoting them, and paying them accordingly—is increasingly out of step with our …

Management

The Creativity Mindset

The Creativity Mindset<p>I absolutely love all of the emphasis on mindsets these days. There are growth mindsets (which I discuss in The Educator with a …

Care About Your Culture? Here Are Nine Metrics To Watch

Smart leaders are starting to realize that organizational culture isn’t just a nice thing — it’s everything in business. It’s the most important element of your organization’s success, by a mile. Nothing good can happen unless the culture is healthy. No matter what else you measure, none of it will …

The Workplace

The Five Elements Of A 'Simply Irresistible' Organization

New Deloitte Global Human Capital Research shows that organizations today must work hard to create a meaningful, humanistic work environment to drive engagement, performance, and a magnetic attraction in the market.<p>And this is good business. The Great Place to Work Institute has published studies …

5 Tips for New Team Leaders

I’ve been a new manager five times in my career: once as a first-time manager at Google going from being a teammate to leading peers, three times as I was promoted within Google, and most recently as the new Chief Revenue Officer for UberConference, a teleconferencing startup in San Francisco. What …

Why You Self-Sabotage and What You Can do About It

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Are things going relatively well for you? Have people told you, you are doing a good job?<p>“It's both terrifyingly interesting and interestingly terrifying”According to VICE, TNW Conference is quite the eventFIND OUT WHY<p>Do you want to ruin all of …

The Surprising Thing You Should Learn to Raise Your IQ

Did you know there’s one ability you can learn to improve several skills in one go. Language learning, analysis, listening, memory, vocabulary—all …

Language Learning

Bureaucracy Must Die

Almost 25 years ago in the pages of <i>HBR</i>, C.K. Prahalad and I urged managers to think in a different way about the building blocks of competitive success. We argued that a business should be seen as a portfolio of “core competencies” as well as a portfolio of products. By building and nurturing deep, …

How to Hold a Weekly Team Meeting Without Wasting People's Time

If you can manage your regular meetings well, you'll see a boost in company transparency, creativity, and eventually sales.<p>Every Friday, 80 men and women gather over beer, wine, and snacks to chat about their week and their jobs. They talk about their successes, challenges, and what they're working …

Employment

Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

It is quiet and dark. The theater is hushed. James Bond skirts along the edge of a building as his enemy takes aim. Here in the audience, heart rates increase and palms sweat. I know this to be true because instead of enjoying the movie myself, I am measuring the brain activity of a dozen viewers. …

3 Ways To Perfect Your Leadership Strategy | Inc.com

Today, effective organizations depend almost exclusively on one powerful but volatile source for their success: their talent.<p>Talented leaders represent the company to its clients; determine the quality of its products and services; set the tone of the organization internally; and ultimately …

How Unconscious Bias Affects Everything You Do

Ask yourself a few questions about your hidden biases before making big decisions.<p>As late as 1970, only 5% of the musicians in the most prestigious orchestras of the world were women. Even after a decade of hard-fought battles for gender equality, no major orchestra was more than 12% female in …

Nobel Prize

Innovation: The next big thing

James Kent, information services manager with welfare organisation Mind Australia, says that CIOs need to “find a highly intelligent individual who …

To Be a Brilliant Leader, Mindset Is Everything (Infographic)

2 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to brilliant leadership, there's no cookie-cutter mold for success. Vastly divergent styles can work equally well, which explains why many of our most respected leaders in business and tech often fall on opposite …

Leadership

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